LINDSBORG, Kan. - Lindsborg officials released preliminary damage estimates Tuesday, of at least $2.5 million to 125 homes in the North Central Kansas town. "The water rose extremely fast," said Greg DuMars, city administrator.
DuMars estimated that 4.5 to 5 inches of rain fell within an hour and a half on Monday. He said this was coupled with a ditch failure. "We think the drainage control ditch, west of town, one of the walls may have breached and exacerbated the level of the problem," said DuMars.
On Tuesday morning, homeowners in the northwest parts of town began to assess the damage. Before some homeowners could get into their homes, they had to pump water out of their basements. "We never really expected this. It caught us totally off guard," said Bill Ellis, homeowner without flood insurance.
"A canoe ride was not what I had planned," said Nancy Galloway of the canoe rescue on her birthday. Her family was evacuated out of their Main Street home after their basement flooded.
Red Cross and city workers will continue to assess the damage. More information on damage estimates and relief efforts will be provided on Wednesday.